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Oregon Administrative Rules: How to get Heard
Keep in mind that “rules” is a very broad term.

Editor's note: This is the third of a multi-part series on Administrative Law in Oregon

There are about 100 state agencies, and from time to time they publish notices of proposed rulemaking. Most rulemaking activity will have a hearing and a opportunity for public comment. The best way to stay on top of this is to go to the agency website and subscribe to their notifications.

Once you have the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, it will have instructions on how to submit comments or how to testify. While the agencies are required to go through a process of making public their proposed rules and taking public input, they have no obligation to integrate any of the public's input or concerns.

Keep in mind that "rules" is a very broad term. An agency handbook, implementation of legislation passed by the legislature, or compliance information all can be considered rules and are subject to the process. For instance, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing and hunting manuals go through the same rulemaking process.

You can search the database of Oregon Administrative Rules on the website of the Oregon Secretary of State to look up existing rules.

--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-08-01 12:48:45Last Update: 2021-08-01 12:53:19

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